Program Overview


BZ Enrichment is designed to enrich the diverse interests and talents of our students. And whether they’re looking for ways to sharpen their creativity, strengthen their bodies, or challenge their minds, they’ll find a wide variety of activities that will interest them. With new programs to sign up for three times a year, they’ll always find something new to explore.

Many of our BZ Enrichment activities are developed and taught by our talented faculty members. Students can add to their arts experience with guitar, music theatre, or woodshop and creativity lab. They can pursue physical activity with martial arts or yoga, or sharpen their skills in chess or science and engineering. We’re proud to offer such a diverse and ever-changing array of activities as part of the Bernard Zell vision of fostering a flexible and dynamic learning community.

We offer the following on a daily basis:
BZ Before 7:00 - 8:00 a.m. 
BZ Beyond 3:45 - 6:00 p.m. (3:45 - 5:00 p.m. on Fridays)
Enrichment Classes (3:45 - 4:45 p.m.)

*other pricing options are available. Please contact Student Activities Coordinator Johnny Krug with further questions.

For 2018-2019 we will offer three sessions:

Fall Session    
8/27/18 - 11/16/18 BZ Before and BZ Beyond
9/4/18 - 11/16/18 Enrichment Classes
Winter Session    
11/26/18 - 3/8/19 BZ Before and BZ Beyond
11/26/18 - 3/8/19 Enrichment Classes
Spring Session    
3/11/19 - 6/5/19 BZ Before and BZ Beyond
3/11/19 - 5/31/19 Enrichment Classes

Browse the Current Classes section above for details on the Enrichment Courses for the current session. Once you have made your selections, click the Registration Form Tab to sign up.

Current Classes

For the 2019 Spring Session we are proud to offer the following classes. Read through the descriptions for each day, choose the classes for your child(ren) and then click on the Registration Form tab to sign up. Registration closes March 5th, 2019.

Pricing for BZ Enrichment classes varies based on the number of days that a class will meet in a given session, as well as the materials and staff required for a particular program.

Please note that if a class does not have a minimum of four students the class will be cancelled. If this happens parents will be notified and refunded. 

Course Descriptions

Monday Classes

MONDAYS - March 11 to May 20
3:45 PM - 4:45 PM

Grades: SK - 6th Teacher: Metro Chess Price: $250

Metro Chess School ("Metro Chess") gives students the tools to succeed in life through learning the game of chess. We serve students in schools all over the United States. Metro Chess School is a brand of Metropolitan Chess, Inc. An organization dedicated to providing opportunities for chess players to learn, improve, and grow. For more information regarding Metro Chess please follow this link.


Shaolin Kung Fu
Grades: 1 - 8 Teacher: Sifu Catherine Price: $255

This class features higher belt level training techniques including self-defense, forms, and basic. Fast paced class includes traditional Shaolin Kung Fu, conditioning and stretching. The class meets at Quads gym (next door) and pick up is at Quads at 4:45.


Hip Hop & Creative Movement N-SK
Grades: N-SK Teacher: Brittany Latta Price: $255

The class will offer the fundamentals and roots of hip hop in order to work on motor movement and rhythmic skill for your child. Brittany will begin each class playing rhythm games in order to work on their understanding of musicality. As the students move forward, they will start to learn basic hip hop steps and tricks in which will slowly, but surely, lead to the mind and body understanding the connection it has with the music. 

Tuesday Classes

TUESDAYS - March 12 - May 28
7:00 AM - 7:45 AM

Ultimate Frisbee
Grades: 3 - 8 Teacher: Mr. Shapiro Price: $275
Come explore the wild world of flying disc games with Mr. Shapiro on the Field of Dreams. Learn how to throw your standard forehand and backhands, perhaps even graduate to hammers, scoobers and push passes. We will learn about Ultimate and play games such as Gaoltimate, Box, Stump the Chump and Texas Boot. No experience necessary, but come ready and excited to run and leave it on the field.

TUESDAYS - March 12 - May 28
3:45 PM - 4:45 PM

BZ Knitting Club
Grades: 2 - 8 Teacher: Ms. Dunn Price: $300

Knitting is a wonderful art form and great hobby. Come join the BZ Knitting Club and learn to express your creativity as you make a hat, a rug, a wall hanging, a purse, a phone cover, or whatever you want! All beginning students will learn to knit by making a winter hat. Veteran club members are given more flexibility, and will be guided to make something for one of the many patterns or pattern books.


Intro to Coding
Grades: SK - 2nd Teacher: Ms. Russell Price: $280

Using robots and introductory coding apps, students will learn to program. Students will take the robots on adventures, tell stories with them, make music, and much more, as they explore creative problem solving, teamwork and coding concepts. Basic reading skills required.  Basic reading skills required. Email Michelle Russell ( if you have any questions.



Green Thumb Gardeners

Grades: 2 - 3                                                            Teacher: Mr. Simeon                               Price: $305

2nd and 3rd graders will learn to propagate plants from seeds, pits, and plant cuttings. In addition to learning how to pot plants, students will experiment and create terrariums and dried specimen herbariums. (This session has a $30 materials fee.)

Wednesday Classes

WEDNESDAYS - March 13 - May 29
3:45 PM - 4:45 PM

Homework HotSpot - CANCELLED
Grades: 5 - 8 Teacher: Ms. Thompson Price: $
This after school homework helping session is your one-stop shop for reading, writing, history or science. Whether you want study tips for that upcoming vocabulary quiz, need to review a science lesson from the week or really want to take that history project to the next level, Homework Hot Spot is the place for you.
Harry Potter and the Art Class
Grades: 2 - 8 Teacher: Ms. Ryback Price: $300
Explore the world of Harry Potter through hands-on art activities. Prepare for your classes at Hogwarts by making your own wand and building your own cauldron. Draw inspiration from the books and movies to breed your own magical creature, mix visually mystifying potions and more! It will be a magical experience!
Photography Class with Edyta Grazman  

Grades: 1 -5                                                                              Teacher:Edyta Grazman                  Price: $277Edyta will focus her instruction on the idea of what goes into a perfect shot? Children would learn about composition, light and subject matter. Then use their new knowledge to create images they will be proud of.
The course would be broken into weekly photo projects. Each week they would have a theme and create pictures for that theme. For example, color red, people, photo walk, etc. 
No prior photography knowledge needed. We'll start with the basics and have fun with all of our projects.

Thursday Classes

  THURSDAYS - March 21 - May 30

3:35 PM - 4:45 PM

Art Crazy
Grades: 1 - 4 Teacher: Shosh Bernstein Price: $250

Want to decorate your room or house in fun creative ways? This is the class for you! Students will experience different types of art projects inspired by fun, creative projects on Pinterest. 

Hip Hop Dance 1-4
Grades: 1-4 Teacher: Brittany Latta Price: $250

This class will focus on the basics and fundamentals of hip hop, a social dance that raised to the top in the 90s and continues to evolve today. Students will be working on picking up rhythm through moves that include popping, locking, footwork, and freestyle. As they begin to understand the basics of dancing to rhythm through fundamental hip hop moves, we will move on to learning more choreography based phrases. This class will be a high energy, fun, and all inclusive class where students will tap into their creativity, funk, and confidence.


Jedi Lego Engineering - CANCELLED
Grades: K - 3 Teacher: Play-Well Technologies Vendor Price: 

The Force Awakens in this introductory engineering course for young Jedi! Explore engineering principles by designing and building projects such as LEGO® X-Wings, R2 Units, Energy Catapults, Defense Turrets, and Settlements from a galaxy far, far away. Create motorized and architectural projects with imagination and engineering to defeat the Empire!


Creative Coding
Grades: 2 - 4 Teacher: Michelle Russell Price: $250

Open your child's eyes to the world of creative coding using Scratch, a program that helps kids visualize and craft code. In this class students will be using physical robots and Scratch to learn Basic programming concepts, How to think logically, Critical thinking and Problem Solving skills. Students will be challenged to think creatively and outside the box to code their own stories and/or games.


Craft and Cardboard Club SK - 2nd Grade ONLY

Grades: SK - 2                                  Teacher: Mr. Townhouse/Ms.Snyder                                         Price: $275

Turn everyday objects into works of art (no two weeks will be the same) with our Craft Club! Students are exposed to the nuances of mixed media materials, as we explore everything from origami paper to pipe cleaners and "build up" to cardboard creations. Join us as we craft animals from old books, keychains from fused beads, hand puppets from felt, and much more! Students will also have the opportunity to share their designs, reflect on their process, revise their work, receive/give peer feedback, take home their creations, and most of all HAVE FUN!  

Friday Classes

FRIDAYS - March 22 - May 31
7:00 AM - 7:45 AM

Grades: 4 - 8 Teacher: Coach Sheahan Price: $225
Join Coach Sheahan on the field for the 3rd annual Flag Football season. Students will be put into teams and play weekly regular season games, with a tournament and an all-star game at the end of the session. The Bernard Zell Flag Football League will be played on the field, weather permitting. This class is held from 7:00-7:45 a.m. All levels of experience welcome. 

FRIDAYS - March 22 - May 31
3:35 PM - 4:45 PM

Grades: 2 - 4 Teacher: Ms. Dunn Price: $235
This class is for students who have had AT LEAST one year of guitar class, either at BZ or elsewhere. All students must have their own guitar in order to take this class. We will focus on learning to play melodies on all six strings, and learn new chords and strums. Students may only join this guitar class with permission of Ms. Dunn.
Friday Fun
Grades: 3-5 Teachers: Coach Sheahan and Stacy Farrow Price: $225
Start your weekend on the right (or left) foot with Coach Sheahan in this fast paced 60 minute offering. We will play a variety of sports and games. All levels welcome.
Craft and Cardboard Club 3-4th
Grades: 3 - 4 Teacher: Ms. Townhouse/Ms.Snyder Price: $300
Turn everyday objects into works of art (no two weeks will be the same) with our Craft Club! Students are exposed to the nuances of mixed media materials, as we explore everything from origami paper to pipe cleaners and "build up" to cardboard creations. Join us as we craft animals from old books, keychains from fused beads, hand puppets from felt, and much more! Students will also have the opportunity to share their designs, reflect on their process, revise their work, receive/give peer feedback, take home their creations, and most of all HAVE FUN!

Clay Creations

Grades: N - 4 Teacher: Susan Custer Price: $275
We will use clay to build functional and fun works of art. Bring your creativity and be ready to try something new! Students will experiment with different hand building techniques and tools while doing brand new clay projects!



Registration Form

BZ Before and BZ Beyond Details

BZ Beyond is an after-care opportunity that extends your student's day of programming through creative play, reading, self-guided homework and more. We offer two sessions for students in grades Nursery to 8th.

BZ Beyond Extended is offered Monday through Friday from 3:35 pm to 6:00 pm (4:00 pm on Winter Fridays)
BZ Beyond Supplemental is offered Monday through Thursday from 4:45 pm to 6:00 pm

You may sign your child up for five days of BZ Beyond Extended, or you may choose a combination of individual days and Enrichment Classes. The choice is yours.

Click on the Current Classes tab to view the Enrichment Classes currently being offered. Once you have made your selections, click the Registration Link to sign up.

British Swim School Lessons


Keep your JK - 6th grade swimmer moving after school on Thursdays starting March 21, 2019 with British Swim School swim lessons at the FFC on Pine Grove!

What Swimmers and parents can expect:

British Swim School is Chicago's premier water survival and learn to swim program.  They will start the after school program out by introducing each teacher on the first day and giving each swimmer an evaluation test to see where they will place in the BSS curriculum.  From there each swimmer will be placed in their skill level and the British Swim School will continue working with each swimmer to progress them through all 6 levels of their award winning curriculum.

Lessons will run from 4:00 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. depending on the number of swimmers enrolled and the time-line for drop off at FFC, lessons will be between 30 - 45 minutes. Parents will be informed of their swimmer progress by downloading the British Swim School app to their smartphone. This after school program structure will not allow a swimmer to have private lessons which they might need in the event your child has a special ability or fear/anxiety in the water.  In the event that we have a swimmer who has fear or anxiety of the water, the British Swim School might ask that swimmer to join the British Swim School on the weekend for private lessons at their regular tuition rates.  In addition, British Swim School is committed to helping our families by offering a 10% discount if you join their regular programming on the weekends to enhance your swimmers progression rate.


Interested parents need to register their swimmer on BZ Connect and also call the British Swim School at (708)613-5179 or through their online registration site to create a student account and set up payment arrangements. After our first semester, we will build a webpage on specifically for the BZ After School Program. Price for 9 swim lessons will be only $270, this will go until May 30, 2019.

Drop off & Pick up:

At school dismissal a BZ staff member and security will walk all swimmers over to the FFC and to meet their teacher in the lobby at 3:45 p.m. All swim teachers and our staff will help get each swimmer changed into their swim gear and ready for lessons.

Pick up will be from 5:30 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. (depending on your child's swim time) and parents are responsible for arranging pickup at FFC/New York Building(3660 N Lake Shore Dr, Chicago, IL 60613). After all lessons have concluded and the swimmers are dry and changed, British Swim School will have a member of their staff in the front lobby of the FFC to greet you. Parents will need to enter the lobby either by the parking garage entrance off Waveland Ave or the main entrance off Pine Grove Rd.  British Swim School will confirm each swimmer's authorized parent or guardian before releasing the swimmer. Students will be escorted to the lobby as each student's authorized contact has been confirmed.  Please do not pick up your children from the pool as this is the safety authorization method to confirm your child's being picked up safely.  There will be a $75 late fee for swimmers who are picked up late. (After 6:00 p.m.)  BZ Beyond will not be offered after swim lessons. Any changes to pick up should be emailed to Johnny Krug.

Please note that we need at least 15 students registered for this pilot program to run. In the event that we do not meet these needs you will be alerted via email by March 14 and refunded.

For more information regarding the British Swim School, please visit their website, all other questions regarding this after school program please contact Johnny Krug.

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